Conspiracy theory provides comfort for those who cannot accept that real life is uncontrollable, and supplies them with the notion that evil, powerful people assassinate those who threaten their power.
It also allows them ready-made defenses when investigations provide no hard evidence for their scenarios; they claim that the very absence of corroborating truth for their assertions show that the conspiracy is alive and well in the government and, thus is covering-up evidence that implicates them.
This example of unsubstantiated accusations practically owned by the Grassy Knoll School of history is being practiced by Democrats hoping that some of the mud they are continuously throwing at Republicans will stick.
A perfect case in point is Congressional Democrat Ted Lieu regarding the recent suicide of a Republican advisor named Peter Smith. Lieu, without any supporting evidence, claimed on Twitter that the suicide seemed “awfully suspicious.” Lieu questioned the validity of a note left by the deceased:
“You don’t need to be a prosecutor to know that someone writing NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER in connection with a death seems awfully suspicious.”
Lieu cited the Chicago Tribune’s story alleging that Smith informed someone staying in the Rochester Hotel where he committed suicide. He supposedly told that individual, “Tomorrow is my last day.” Additionally, law enforcement have investigated the circumstances and found that Smith, in fact, committed suicide.
But Democrats like Lieu should tread lightly on such implications of partisan murder, for there is a flip side to such conspiracy-mongering.
Rightists could point to Smith telling the Wall Street Journal days before his suicide of his efforts to uncover emails sent by Russian hackers to Hillary Clinton as the “motive” for the more violence-prone members (such as ANTIFA or other Soros-backed agitator groups) of the Democratic Party to silence Smith.
These right-wing conspiracy mongers have an actual murder confirmed by the police to bolster their cases. In 2016, right-wingers declared the Washington D.C. murder of Seth Rich, a staffer for the DNC and devout Bernie Sanders supporter, to be part of a Democratic plot to shut Rich up for his knowledge about the leaked DNC emails by WikiLeaks.
A perfect example of these wild theorists is Trump advisor and former Nixon dirty trickster, Roger Stone. Stone is a close associate of Alex Jones of Infowars, and has even accused LBJ of killing John Kennedy. He was joined by other presumably sane and sober Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, and one of the few Democrats who work for Fox News, Geraldo Rivera in peddling the murder theory.
The police, however, have stated that the motive behind Rich’s murder was simply theft, and the family of Seth Rich has asked for the politically-motivated theories about their son’s murder. They released a public statement asking people to stop the speculation that read as follows:
“The continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth’s death, along with the harassment of Seth’s friends, family and co-workers hurts those who were closest to Seth, and does nothing to bring justice to his killers.”
Although there are always possibilities for conspiracies, theorists are wrong that such events are smoothly and seamlessly run. For instance, the CIA bungled numerous attempts–with their fingerprints all over them–of trying to murder Fidel Castro. To cling to theories without proof is not the mark of the sober and mature, either on the left or the right.